AS Rihanna delays the start of her tour just days after pulling out of the Grammys, itâ€™s no wonder bosses at the Brits are fretting about her leaving them in the lurch for the second year running.
The singer, who is 28 this weekend, said she was suffering from bronchitis when she cancelled a performance at the Grammys ceremony in LA on Monday.
And today, her people announced that the first two weeks of her Anti world tour would be delayed â€œdue to Âproduction problemsâ€.
The developments fuelled fears behind the scenes at the Brits of a repeat of last yearâ€™s fiasco, in which Rihanna had been due to perform but never announced her appearance â€“ and cancelled just 24 hours before the event.
Ant and Dec, who are this yearâ€™s hosts, admitted that bosses are â€œstill trying to entice Rihanna to the Britsâ€, despite her being signed up.
WireImageRihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel RichieRihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honouring Lionel Richie
Dec, 40, said with a sigh: â€œShe pulled out last year and sheâ€™s pulled out of the Grammys this year.â€
Ant, also 40, said: â€œNo one turns around and goes, â€˜We hate her because of thatâ€™. We all kinda go, â€˜Yeah, youâ€™re quite cool.â€™â€ And appealing directly to Rihanna, he pleaded: â€œGet to the Brits.â€
The singer was due to kick off her tour in San Diego on Friday, two days after the Brits bash at the O2 Arena in North Greenwich.
Brits chief Max Lousada admitted to having a â€œsweaty momentâ€ when she pulled out of the Grammys â€“ reportedly after crying in her dressing room.
He said yesterday: â€œWell, sheâ€™s announced. And thatâ€™s already ahead of where we were last year. All international talent has a warning flag.â€ He added he has been â€œassuredâ€ she will perform this year, saying: â€œAnd the set and the ideas and the surprises look massive. So weâ€™re going into it with a positive view. Second time lucky.â€
A spokesman for the awards confirmed Rihanna was still due to appear, adding: â€œThere has been no change to the line-up.â€
YouTube will once again live-stream the ceremony so that fans outside the UK can enjoy it. – Daily Mirror